Still ogling at the slate like object your colleague just sneaked out of his case wallet and hopinghe surfaces it again so that you can have a better view. Dreaming all night for your next “tablet”and flipping over every possible Internet resource to get a suitable answer that doesn’t only bringsmile on your face but also your pocket. Well, here is some news that you can use!!
Microsoft is back in the tablet rally once again. On June, 18th the company raised the curtainfrom Surface and Microsoft says it’s a result of imagination for re-imagining the tablet. BySurfacing “Surface” Microsoft has gone head –on with its arch rivals, the Apple IPad. ThisClash of Titans was much anticipated and the entire technocrats’ world has their eyes set on It.
So lets do a head to head comparison of the two and learn about some of the salient features ofboth the slate miracles world has named “Tablets”. It will be really interesting to see how thisWindows baby takes on the Game Changer Apple IPad.
For Beginners, both Surface and IPad are fairly large machines however the Surface is justinches ahead of the IPad. The Surface is a 10.6 inches with full HD support (as per MicrosoftPress release) whereas the IPad’s screen size is 9.7 inches (resolution 2048X1536 pixels). Thatwin for Surface doesn’t sustain when it comes to weighing the machines. Both the Surfacemodels weigh more than the IPad. The RT version weighs 1.49 lbs. while its sibling weighs 1.99lbs. whereas, the IPad a mere 1.44 lbs. is featherweight in this aspect.
Coming to more in depth analysis and tech facts here is a comparison that shows how the newMicrosoft Surface stands up against the iPad 3.
The Microsoft Surface boldly features “VapoMg”, the molded magnesium casing that sheltersSurface’s components. What is really unique and sets it apart from the iPad is the magnetic stripto attach really handy accessories such as the “Touch Cover” and “Type Cover” . It’s stronglybelieved that this will be an added perk for the business users who would want the flexibility oftouch and type rather than just “tap to type” as is presently available in an iPad. Touch cover andType Cover will be offered by Microsoft at no extra price (as per Microsoft press release).Both,when filed up act as protective covers that gets attached to the Surface via the magnetic strip.
When flipped they act as keyboards. Smart!!Isn’t it? The touch cover is enabled with a touchsensitive keyboard and is about 3 mm whereas the Type cover is slightly fatter with a tactilekeyboard. What is interesting to note here is the Surface is an exclusive “In House” Microsoftproduct packed with full featured soft wares as well as the hardware which is manufacturedsolely by Microsoft. This basically means that at this moment Microsoft is not just a competitorto Apple but also a rival to longtime Personal Computer manufacturing partners as Hewlett -Packard, Dell and Acer. The world is quite eagerly waiting for the pricing of the Surface aftercovering the production and manufacturing costs. This will be also determining where theproduct stands in the market.
Microsoft has done a phenomenal job by integrating the Office suite i.e. Microsoft Word, Exceland PowerPoint, with the Surface. Possibly the most basic and frequently used application onearth will be available as a bundle software along with the Surface at no extra cost. Whereas the Apple supplement for Office suite, iWork is not available as part of the application bundleoffered by Apple with an iPad, the user needs to purchase a copy from the apps store.
The Final Verdict
It’s really a stiff task to comment which one is best among both of these slate wonders. As theApple iPad has been entertaining the world for more than two years now and has literally takenthe world by a storm. It’s by far the largest selling tablet among all of its competitors. With introduction of the Surface Microsoft is trying to create an “ecosystem” around Windows 8 andat the same time challenging the iPad with a wealth of diverse and unique features under its belt.
Microsoft is definitely aware that today iPad is the most popular device because of the plethoraof apps embedded and available for it. By numbers it is close to 225,000! So Microsoft needs tofind out avenues to develop apps for this new platform with the help of third party developers.
At the same time unlike most other tablets in the market, Surface will be able to run almostany program that the users run on their home or office computers, thus it will be likely moreattractive to business users of-course along with the home users.
To conclude, it’s still too early to judge which of the two is better. But if you want to taste adifferent flavor then Surface might just be the answer!